Full Irish breakfast and... Happy St.Patrick's Day!

Full Irish breakfast isn't something we will have regularly. It's a treat and there are few reasons to it: first of all there's a little bit of work involved in preparing it, definietly more than making your porridge or simple toast, secondly it isn't the healthiest of the options ;) I have a sentiment to this so popular (not only with the tourists) meal. It was the very first(!) meal/ breakfast we had when we've emigrated to Ireland... We were staying in a small, family run B&B and it was an obvious choice on our very first morning on the Green Island. We went for the "full on" version, and I have to admit I wasn't hungry for quite some time after it.

Now, I would make full Irish when we have guests visiting - family and friends from Poland, France etc. in general from abroad, somewhere when they wouldn't come across this kind of breakfast before. I also make this kind of breakfast as a treat for us - on birthdays, Christmas Day etc.

"In Ireland, as elsewhere, the exact constituents of a full breakfast vary, depending on geographical area, personal taste and cultural affiliation. Traditionally, the most common ingredients are bacon rashers, sausages, fried eggs, white pudding, black pudding, toast, sliced tomato, and fried potato. Sauteed mushrooms are also sometimes included, as well as liver (although popularity has declined in recent years), and brown soda bread. A full Irish breakfast may be accompanied with a strong Irish Breakfast tea such as Barry's Tea, Lyons Tea, or Bewley's breakfast blend served with milk. Fried potato bread, farl, potato farl or toast is often served as an alternative to brown soda bread." - by Wikipedia.org

How to make it...
The traditional full Irish would normally consist of:
- black pudding
- white pudding
- sausages
- tomatoes
- baked beans
- eggs, which you cook any way you like, but traditionally it's a fried version sunny side up
- bacon
- toasts, or Irish soda bread (brown soda bread for me and toasts for my Hubby)

Two slices/pieces of each will be well than enough per person. Basically you put everything on the hot pan and wait. First you fry bacon (or you do it under the grill) so it has time to brown/crisp properly, then you follow with the sausages and puddings. At the end you add tomatoes and on a separate pan (or if you have a big one) you fry the eggs (the way you most like it, doesn't have to be sunny side up!). I reheated my baked beans in the microwave.
After such a nice (and filling!) breakfast we had nice strong cup of coffee with whipped cream and a dollop of Baileys :)

So the only thing left:

"Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!"

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